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Burns & McDonnell Kansas City Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The employee stock ownership is phenomenal (in 28 reviews)

  • This company is 100% employee owned and it drives the culture (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is non-existent if you're not an engineer (in 26 reviews)

  • Occasionally long hours need to be worked to complete a job (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company for entry level professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employee owner culture allows company to reach its full potential. The company does a great job of helping you feel welcome and its diverse skill set allows it to move employees from lagging sectors to surging sectors.

    Cons

    There are some stuff policies regarding dress code, working from home, etc. Males must wear ties nine months out of the year - a small price to pay.

    Advice to Management

    Keep searching for ways to bring the best out of your employees through internal development - you've done a great job thus far.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Room for Improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company culture makes great efforts to support and keep employee owners happy.
    Employee Ownership: All employees have an incentive to perform because all employees are awarded stocks at year end.

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be extremely slow to materialize.
    Not the most forward thinking company when it comes to working remotely, flexible schedules, and a relaxed dress code.
    Salary is below average.

    Advice to Management

    It's ok to change the status quo and make changes that are more in line with current trends. Otherwise, this company will lose out on the young talent needed to replace longtime employee owners.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been working here a long time and have done a lot of networking with peers who work for other engineering companies. I strongly feel that, compared to my peers (some of whom have had fairly bumpy rides with other firms especially firms merging and consolidating), I am way ahead and feel much more secure with my job than my external peers. No doubt about it, the consulting business can be demanding, but it really does not matter what firm you work for in that respect, it is demanding no matter who you work for, even if you work for yourself. And don't think that our clients have it any easier (a lot of them are under their own internal pressures to get projects executed). For those of you coming out of school, frankly I felt that the work environment was not as demanding a school. I have more free time with my career than I had in school and especially felt I was working on "real" problems instead of thumbing through textbooks.

    Cons

    There's always the problem with a crappy manager here and there, but again that is the same story no matter where you go. The organizational structure for me has been fairly dynamic (adapting to business and client needs), so I have been fortunate enough to work for many different managers (and not stuck with the same discipline), so really has not been a serious con.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not Worthed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, many employees can watch movies at work, and the managements are aware of it.

    Cons

    Work, works, works! No Lifer. Racist place, demanding, under appreciated. Bonus hoax. Often let their employees go at the end of the year so that they don't have to pay for their 'bonuses'

    Advice to Management

    Have a heart.


  6. "Great Company and benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work positive environment never always work that can be done.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much work and difficult to get time off for vacation


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Office Services Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Services Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Office Services Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mostly great people, not confined to a desk.

    Cons

    Physical demands of the job, favoritism and lack of guidance for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equal and don't micromanage. Hire from within the organization


  8. "Engineering Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the other interns and all the activities

    Cons

    I had to figure out a lot of things myself


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits of employee stock ownership and profit sharing. Also, solid non-financial benefits package including health insurance, life insurance, dental, vision, AD&D, and disability. Great co-workers who are committed to company's success.

    Cons

    The firm works on challenging projects which sometimes require extra hours. Every employee is expected to work hard and focus on getting the work done. Takes a lot of focus.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to increase transparency in corporate decisions and broaden the employee representative program to help employee-owners feel more connected to decisions that are made. Look for ways to give broader career opportunities to detailers and designers.


  10. "Assistant Chemical Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Chemical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Chemical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good opportunity for different kinds of work, strong bonus structure, employee owned, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Project locations can be less than desirable.


  11. "BMcD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The ESOP program
    Christmas Bonus
    Flex time
    Professional workplace
    401k plans
    Health benefits

    Cons

    Dress code. Burns and McDonnell requires ties for men Monday-Thursday. A lot of other companies have gone away from the ties and went to business casual.

    Advice to Management

    Give more feedback to the newer employees to keep them on the right track going forward.


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